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Police Force To Use Digital Mapping Software

SURVEILLANCE—U.K.

May 13, 2011

The Guardian reports that the Metropolitan Police have purchased software that can map "nearly every move suspects and their associates make in the digital world." Geotime software can collect and collate information gleaned from social networking sites, GPS equipment, mobile phones, financial transactions and IP network logs. A spokesman from the police said, "We are in the process of evaluating the Geotime software...a decision has yet to be made as to whether we will adopt the technology." Some individuals are concerned the software could be a violation of data protection legislation. One attorney said, "This latest tool could also be used in a wholly invasive way."
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